This Rathbone Place restaurant from Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz was part of the ‘Peruvian wave’ of restaurants to hit the capital in 2012. It proved a success, spawning a sister site (Lima Floral) in Fitzrovia. Plus there's an offshoot in Dubai now, too.
The small-plates menu showcases classic and modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes range from wild sea bass tiraditos, king crab causa and black bream ceviche with avocado, sweet potato and aji limo to braised octopus, hot scallop ceviche and suckling pig with chicharron, sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry.
Weekend brunches and set menus are also available.
|Venue name:||Lima London|
31 Rathbone Place
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon- 2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £16-£26. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100|
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:10
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:2
From the reviews this seems like a love-it or hate-it kind of restaurant. I agree that the pricing wasn't cheap but certainly didn't feel robbed. It came to about 50 pounds a head including 2 cocktails each and coffees to finish. The two of us shared three starters; the stand-out dish was defintely the sea bream cerviche, bursting with zingy hot and sour flavours. We mopped up all the juice with the excellent bread served (with two equally delicious dips- ask for it if it doesn't come automatically!). The salmon tiradito was another hit but the artichoke impressed less. We shared a delicious beef main course and then a to-die-for dulce de leche ice cream. Having just returned from a trip to Peru I was happy with the authenticity of the food and the flavours and would definitely recommend this spot as a relaxed but buzzy night out.
Beautifully presented and delicious food. The service was excellent. I had sent an email when booking a table, explaining we were celebrating a birthday and had a theatre booking after the meal. I was asked on arrival what time we needed to leave for the theatre and the rest was taken care of without another word. The service was attentive but not imposing. Dishes arrived seamlessly with enough time between courses and a birthday message with a candle brought out at the end of the meal without any prompting whatsoever. I will definitely be returning.
Couldn't recommend their set lunch menu more. £19 for a main, a side, bread, amuse bouche and a glass of wine! The restaurant itself is light and airy, with large mirrors to make the space seem even more roomy. The menu changes seasonally and has the option for fresh fish each day. Not knowing much about Peruvian cuisine, it's hard to comment on the authenticity of the dishes - but everything we tried had been made and presented with care. The shot of spicy carrot soup amuse-bouche was so delicious that I was left wishing I could order a whole bowl! But I was glad to get the chance to try the spiced lamb and a wonderful salad of figs and goat's cheese. I didn't have time for a dessert from the à la carte - but they looked and sounded spectacular too. Will definitely return!
The Sunday Long Lunch menu is one of the best experiences London has to
offer. I really mean that. Lemme elaborate (I'm still tipsy from the
free flowing Pisco punch that accompanies the menu):
- First: for a menu coveted by a Michelin star, it is amazing value. Of course, London has a tradition of great value lunches at high-end places, from Club Gascon in Farringdon to Heston's Dinner in Hyde park, but this beats them all! Value is unheard of for London.
- Second: It's lovely lovely food. We're quite big fans of Peruvian cuisine and this is the best establishment of the nations modern style. Starters - Ceviche is balanced and flavorsome (don't expect the in-your-face tastes of traditional street-food ceviche). Causa is tasty, I was never such a fan now I am. Mains - you get it all on one large board - pork, lamb and chicken. ALL amazing! I was surprised how chicken stood up to other meats. Sides are more traditional Peruvian with a twist. Btw, it is a LOT OF FOOD! Desert - surprisingly lovely although understated. Alfajores with dulce de leche is out of this world. Purple corn jelly, tasted nice but I am never convinced of it (but understand why it's there, it's really a Peru staple and should be represented).
This all is accompanied by choice of free flowing prosecco or pisco punch. Pisco punch packs a real punch, I was drunk by the end of the meal. Again I have to repeat the value here: this is 4 cocktails for a tenner... It would make any Londoner suspicious, but trust me it's amazing.
- Third: Staff is lovely! Attentive, but we were given all the space and time to enjoy. Maître d'hôtel is an absolute pro. Don't know his name but, thank you very much for serving us seconds !! (yes we had seconds)
Lastly, for London to host first star for a Peruvian joint in Europe, and for this value, is really quite cool for London.
Just delicious! I am a Peruvian food lover and this place is just the best. I've been there 4 times now and could go 10 more.
Food and service are good enough but portions are tiny (especially for the main proteins) for the prices.
Food for the eyes and that’s all! Despite the good presentation, LIMA’s portions are seriously small and the flavors pretty unexciting. It is worth a visit? Well, If you eat like a bird and have enough money to pay £18-22 for a starter-size main course, perhaps you’d be happy to give it a try.
pre booked for last night, arrived, waited over 5 minutes at reception while 4 members of staff looked straight through us....finally seated waited another 10 minutes, zero service, picked up our coats, on leaving the manager said he did not know anybody had been seated at the front, empty part of the restaurant....
Lima gets 5 stars from me for being so brilliantly innovative: http://lifeofyablon.com/lima-cuisine-from-the-land-of-paddington-bear/
I am surprised by the good reviews for this restaurant. I visited last night with great expectations and was sadly disappointed. The portions are tiny, the flavors are unexciting and - having spent some time in Peru - hardly authentic. It was a pity, really. The sea bream ceviche was the only acceptable dish. The worst was the crab with 4,000 metres potato was bland and boring. On the plus side, the pisco sours are pretty good, so I would stick to cocktails and go get food somewhere else.
Lima, overpriced and over rated! My husband and I had been looking forward anxiously for Lima's doors to open, he even became a fan in facebook following all the preparations for the opening. We tried it last night, and it was the biggest disappointment ever. Overpriced for the size of the portions and the Pisco Sour, a typical Peruvian drink, was quite bad. Would not be able to recommend it for the portions were so small I could not quite really taste each dish!
The place is amongst the best restaurants London has to offer, been there on a short trip to england for the olympics,,,,and peruvian food always enchants me, the best!
high cuisine without any doubt,nice place, however the portions are too small,our whole group had to grab some food somewhere else on our way back to home,
The food is elaborate, but very well executed - both starters and mains. This is high end Peruvian cooking, with excellent service and good cocktails, but pricey.